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AgentR11 wrote:Something I've been watching... USN vessels transiting the Bosphorus are now getting the full security escort; and the RuNavy vessels are getting the single, two man, patrol boat. Complete flip flop.
I'm starting to buy the US influenced coup / Putin e-warfare pickup and snitch line.
If Erdogan is really of that opinion, then NATO is in for a rough ride; units involved were definitely NATO tied parts of the Turkish mil; won't be long before NATO allies start wondering if "Prompt Global Strike" is meant to keep them in line, and not protect them from some distant adversary.
Do not like what was attempted, AT ALL.
NATO is a treaty obligation, if there were US mil ties, we need some trials for treason, not coverups and hand-waving dismissals.
Cid_Yama wrote:Since the signs are in English, they were passed out to the crowd by the government and are intended for US to read.
Do you really think the average Turk can read or write English?
The ones carrying them probably have no idea what they say. They were just told to carry them.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official said on Thursday, part of a major overhaul of the military after a failed coup.
Erdogan's comments came after a five-hour meeting of Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) - chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and including the top brass - and the dishonorable discharge of nearly 1,700 military personnel over their alleged role in the abortive putsch on July 15-16.
Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death on the night of the coup, told Reuters in an interview last week that the military, NATO's second biggest, needed "fresh blood". The dishonorable discharges included around 40 percent of Turkey's admirals and generals.
"The president said that ... he would discuss with opposition parties bringing the General Staff and the MIT (intelligence agency) under the control of the presidency," the parliamentary official said.
Such a change would require a constitutional amendment, so Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party would require the support of opposition parties in parliament, Turkish media said.
Both the General Staff and MIT currently report to the prime minister's office. Putting them under the president's overall direction would be in line with Erdogan's push for a new constitution centered on a strong executive presidency.
Separately, Turkey's biggest petrochemicals company Petkim said its chief executive had resigned and the state-run news agency Anadolu said he had been detained in connection with the failed coup.
Anadolu also said Ankara prosecutors requested the seizure of the assets of 3,049 judges and prosecutors detained as part of the investigation into the coup attempt.
Some 7,000 armed police in heavy vehicles surrounded the Incirlik air base used by NATO forces in Adana in what a Turkish minister called a “security check.” With no official explanation, speculations have arisen about a new coup attempt or VIP visit.
READ MORE: Anti-US rally staged at NATO Incirlik air base in Turkey (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had been tipped off about a new coup attempt, and forces were immediately alerted. The entrance to the base was closed off.
Security forces armed with rifles and armored TOMA vehicles used by Turkish riot police could be seen at the site in photos taken by witnesses.
Tens of thousands of people in Germany have turned out in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a rally that raised diplomatic tensions.
Mr Erdogan had planned to address the rally in the city of Cologne, held to denounce an attempted coup two weeks ago, by video link.
But on Saturday, Germany's Constitutional Court banned the speech from being broadcast.
German media said at least 35,000 people turned out.
An estimated three million people of Turkish origin live in Germany, the majority of whom voted for Mr Erdogan's AKP party in the last Turkish election, according to the Turkish Communities in Germany organisation.
"We are here because our compatriots in Germany advocate democracy and are against the attempted military coup," Turkey's German-born Sport and Youth Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic said in Cologne.
Turkey coup attempt: Government cancels 50,000 passports as global concern grows over crackdown
The Turkish government has cancelled the passports of around 50,000 people to prevent them leaving the country as a crackdown continues following a failed coup.
Efkan Ala, the interior minister, said more than 18,000 have so far been detained over the attempt to oust President Tayyip Erdogan, while thousands of government staff are under investigation.
The purges have provoked alarm in the international community, presenting a major stumbling block for Turkey’s campaign to join the European Union.
Turkey shakes up security forces after coup attempt
Amid calls for restraint from the US and European allies, hundreds of listed conscripts were released from detention and Mr Erdogan announced he was dropping prosecutions against around 2,000 people alleged to have “insulted him”.
Military school students were reportedly among 758 out of 989 conscripts released at the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor after a court ruled that they did not pose a flight risk.
Mr Erdogan’s government is using powers under Turkey’s state of emergency to conduct a wide-ranging crackdown on alleged supporters of the exiled Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen, who lives in the US.
Authorities say the failed coup on 15 July was staged by a military faction loyal to the Gulen or “Hismet” movement, but it has denied involvement.
Incirlik AB has about 1800 US personnel stationed there with perhaps another 1000 deployed there to fight ISIS (mostly pilots & aircraft maintenance). Most are in support positions and thus they have only basic M-16 shooting skills, ie we know which way to point the pointy end of the gun… Security forces number perhaps 200 or so and they would have extensive firearms training. Turkey could easily send in 5000 combat troops and take control of the base after a nasty fire fight with security forces personnel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a new presidential decree Sunday that introduced sweeping changes to Turkey’s military in the wake of a July 15 failed coup, bringing the armed forces under his authority.
The decree, the third issued under a three-month state of emergency declared following the attempted coup, gives the president the authority to issue direct orders to the commanders of the army, air force and navy.
It also announces the discharge of 1,389 military personnel, including Erdogan’s chief military adviser, who had been arrested days after the attempted coup, the Chief of General Staff’s charge d’affaires and the defence minister’s chief secretary.
In an interview Saturday with private A Haber television, Erdogan said he also wanted to put the country’s MIT intelligence agency and the chief of general staff’s headquarters under the presidency.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticized the US intelligence chief and a top general for saying that Washington‘s key interlocutors in Turkey are now either purged or jailed following the failed coup attempt.
"Who are you?" Erdogan said, speaking at Turkey‘s security headquarters in Ankara, which was damaged during the bloody coup attempt. "You should know your place."
Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested," US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. "There‘s no question this is going to set back and make more difficult cooperation with the Turks."
General Joseph Votel, the chief of US Central Command, spoke in a similar vein. "We are very dependent on Turkey for basing of our resources. I am concerned that it will impact the level of cooperation and collaboration that we have with Turkey.
In his reaction, Erdogan accused US officials of "taking the side of the putschists."
The powerful imams in Turkey’s 85,000 mosques played a major role in thwarting the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and in so doing unleashed attacks on Christian places of worship, reports say.
Christians are pointing to a transformation in the political cultural character of Turkey under Erdogan’s Islamist path to power.
“The reality is that Turkey is neither a democracy nor a secular republic,” said Yuce Kabakci, a pastor in Istanbul. “There is no division between government affairs and religious affairs.”
Gangs chanting “Allahu akbar” smashed the glass frontage of a Protestant church in Matalya, the UK’s Express reported. “The attack on the church was light. But it’s significant that it was the only shopfront attack in those three days,” said the church’s minister, Pastor Tim Stone. “We were the only targets.”
Protestants are not allowed to build churches in Turkey. Even the name church must be coupled to the non-threatening “association.”
In the Black Sea city of Trabzon, the Santa Maria church was hit as, under the guise of an anti-coup protest, demonstrators smashed windows and used hammers to break down the church’s door.
Turkey, which once boasted two million Christians, has barely 120,000 remaining, fewer than Iran.
“There’s is an atmosphere in Turkey right now that anyone who isn’t Sunni is a threat to the stability of the nation,” Kabakci said. “Even the educated classes here don’t associate personally with Jews or Christians. It’s more than suspicion. It’s a case of ‘let’s get rid of anyone who isn’t Sunni.’ ”
An Iranian in Istanbul told the Express that “Turkey is like Iran in 1975. I’m sure we will see it become an Islamic Republic very soon.
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